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School Choice: Making the Grade

Debi34 Wrote: Feb 01, 2013 10:11 AM
So, those parents exercised their "choice" to move to a better private school! Shouldn't all parents have that "choice?" I agree that parents need to be involved, but there is so much more. After teaching in the public school for 25 years I've seen it all and I've had it. Next year will be my last year in the system and then I'm opening a private tutoring center. I can work with students whose parents DO care! Good teachers are fleeing in droves. Education is a complete mess in this country and I place 80% of the blame on our unions and only 20% on parents who don't care.

More than 200 organizations across the country are staging some 3,600 events to mark this year’s School Choice Week. But many grateful parents have reason to celebrate every week.

Just ask Joseph Kelley. A single father living in Washington, D.C., Kelley was shocked when his son Rashawn failed the first grade. Worse, his teachers didn’t even realize that he knew how to read. But rather than work to improve his vocabulary and get him up to grade level, the D.C. Public School System placed Rashawn in special-education classes.

Kelley knew his son was smart but wasn’t being well-served by his...